Audi Urban Future Summit 2011
Report on one of the latest conferences to take on the global theme of the city
Cuba Libre: Contemporary Architecture in Havana
Young architects struggle to update the face of Cuba.
Community Hero: Queens Museum of Art
Queens Museum of Art, a model for community service, breaks ground on new addition.
Phil Patton on the conference “Gold: Substance, Symbol and Significance."
Strategies and resources for water conservation.
Chandigarh on the Block
Furnishings designed for Corbusier's urban masterpiece are being sold at auction. How outraged should we be?
Hester Street Collaborative
Report on Hester Street Collaborative's pro-bono design model.
Comparing two new electric-car chargers: Blink and WattStation
Out of Sight: Qatari Workers' Housing
Constantin Boym reports on efforts to improve the living conditions of Qatar's migrant workers.
Adam Harrison Levy
Sustainable Christmas Trees
From artificial firs to rented spruces, a report on alternatives to the chopped-down Xmas tree.
CEOs for Cities Community Challenge: Robust Public Life
A CEOs for Cities conference held in Detroit in November 2010 sought to define and quantify the magnetic force of a metropolis.
Bellagio Museum Symposium: Abstract
In April 2010, 22 participants met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy to discuss the museum’s potential role in relation to design for social change. This is an abstract summary of the final report of their discussions.
Reasons Not to Be Pretty: Symposium on Design, Social Change and the “Museum”
In April 2010, 22 designers, historians, curators, educators and journalists met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy to discuss the museum’s potential role in relation to design for social change. This is a report on their conversation.
The World as Our Studio
Report on Worldstudio's hybrid business model for collaborating with for-profit and not-for-profit clients (while supporting a foundation).
Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson
New Visions of Home
Report on new housing models for the elderly.
India's Epic Head Count
The enormous task of conducting India's 2010 census is aided by a newly designed form.
Catapult Design: How to Run a Design Firm for Social Change
Catapult Design’s nonprofit model offers a new way to think about how designers can engage social innovation projects.
How to Green an Embassy
Working at the British Embassy Beijing with zero budget means that even straightforward solutions, such as implementing a recycling system, pose a challenge.
Design Thinking Comes to the U.S. Army
Design is almost overnight the centerpiece of military doctrine and the U.S. Army has gotten design thinking quite right. The struggle to get design thinking ensconced in Army doctrine, though, is no easy feat.
The Laugh Bug
Is Volkswagen's Fun Theory campaign anything more than a turbocharged marketing stunt?
Better Living Through Artistry
SEWA, a cooperative textile manufacturing company in Ahmedebad, India, is a network of self-employed women.
The Cotton Club
Report on the complex, and sometimes muddled, standards for certifying organic cotton.
State of Shelter
Relief organizations still rely on the same basic options for emergency housing, but new ideas are taking hold.
Adam Harrison Levy
People are talking differently about Christmas trees this year. They’re downscaling or simplifying their annual rite.